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Biological Physics Group

Ranging from the molecular and cellular scale to tissues, organisms, and whole ecosystems, the complexity of living systems poses some of the most fundamental challenges to current scientific research. In the Biological Physics Group, we focus on the level of individual cells, where we address biological questions with the tools of physics, relying, in particular, on microscopy and micromanipulation techniques as well as on the ideas and concepts of pattern formation in nonlinear systems.

comic of cells in action

Publication in PRL

How cells in action turn passive colloids into active travelers

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for our PRL "Non-Gaussian displacements in active transport on a carpet of motile cells"

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Gordon Research Conference

C. Beta is chair for: "How Nonlinear Chemistry Shapes our Understanding of Pattern Formation in Non-Equilibrium Systems", 14-19th of July 2024, Switzerland

7th NanoLSI Symposium, 2.-3.11.2023

We are pleased to announce that the 7th NanoLSI Symposium in 2023 will be organized by NanoLSI Overseas PI Prof. Beta and held in Berlin for the first time

Portrait of Carsten Beta

Cell Physics in the Land of the Rising Sun – Japanese Research Professorship for Carsten Beta

As one of the leading experts in cellular biophysics he is on a research stay at the Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI) of Kanazawa University in Japan.

Natascha vor Ihrem Poster

Poster Award

Natascha has been awarded the poster prize of the SelectBIO Europe 2022 Conference on Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics in Rotterdam - congratulations!


Outstanding Referee

Our group member Dr. Robert Großmann is the outstanding reviewer of the month July 2020 in nature- Communications Physics.

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Dynamics Days Digital 2020

At this year's online conference "DDD 2020”, our group co-organized and participated in two minisymposia. See youtube-link to the talk of Dr. Flemmig:

collisions types of microorganism

Publication October 2020

Dr. Großmann published in Nature Communications

Cartoon of Bacteria motility

Publication May 2020

Chemotaxis strategies of bacteria with multiple run modes

Video microscopy of a cell division by protein waves

Recent Publication

Wave power – How cortical waves drive fission of motile cells

Chemotactically guided transport and assembly of micro-objects by collectively moving cells and cell clusters

Interesting Publication

Harnessing Motile Amoeboid Cells as Trucks for Microtransport and -Assembly

Plakat for ECC10

International Conference

The conference will cover the entire topical range of complex chemical systems

Plakat for the Symposium EB60

International Symposium

The international symposium will bring together scientists from the fields of turbulence and pattern formation research